About the University
Western Carolina University is a Carnegie engaged institution and one of the 17 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina system. It is a dynamic, regional comprehensive university with over 10,000 students. WCU focuses on academic quality through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). It has adopted the Boyer model of scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning, the scholarship of engagement, and the stewardship of place. Located in Cullowhee, NC, with an instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. While in a small town setting, the university is only 3 hours from Atlanta and Charlotte.
About the Library
Hunter Library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to the university and region. The library is dedicated to supporting and developing the information, digital, graphic, and visual literacy of students and the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff. The library has 19 tenure track faculty members, 30 staff members, and an annual budget of approximately $4.5 million. The library contains approximately 800,000 print and electronic volumes and provides access to more than 45,000 journals through print subscriptions and electronic databases. The library is an active partner in the Western North Carolina Library Network.
About the Department
As part of the library-wide learning mission, the department selects, acquires, organizes and manages intellectual content to support the learning, teaching, and scholarship activities of the WCU community. COM includes 4 librarians and 10 support staff members. The department is responsible for a collection budget of approximately $1.5 million.
Expected salary range: salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; at least three to five years of experience in an academic library environment; significant experience with collection development and acquisition of monographic and continuing resources; knowledge of cataloging and metadata creation; knowledge of electronic resources management; knowledge of budget processes; knowledge of evolving business models for acquisitions; successful supervisory experience; experience with training and mentoring; experience with integrated library systems and the application of technology to enhance library operations; knowledge of best practices, current issues and trends in technical services; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to establish and maintain cooperative university wide working relationships; and potential to fulfill the library’s requirements for librarianship, scholarship and service.
Knowledge of issues, standards and trends in open access and scholarly communication; experience with Sierra, Banner, and institutional repositories; a record of professional engagement and scholarly activity
Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks an enthusiastic and highly qualified librarian to develop and lead its Content Organization and Management (COM) Department. The department selects, acquires, organizes and manages intellectual content to support the learning, teaching and scholarship activities of the university’s students, faculty, and staff. The head of COM is responsible for: departmental strategic planning, budgeting, and management; coordination and guidance of departmental recruitment, program review and assessment; mentoring and performance evaluation; oversight of the collegial and peer review processes; and supervision of the collection development, electronic resources, metadata and serials librarians. The department head collaborates with COM librarians and departmental liaisons to develop the library’s collection of electronic and print resources; collaborates with the digital initiatives unit to develop digital projects and programs; and serves as a member of the library-wide leadership team.
The successful candidate will: be responsive to user needs and services in an academic library environment and serve as a mentor, manager, and leader to the staff and faculty in COM; be familiar with technology and emerging trends; participate in departmental and library-wide committees and work groups and function in a full range of professional departmental responsibilities; remain professionally informed and pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to the field of librarianship through scholarship; seek opportunities for professional service; fully embrace the library’s guiding principles; be flexible, and act with integrity.
This is a twelve month, tenure-track position with a generous 24 days of vacation leave annually.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Position is open until filled.
To apply, access our online employment system at: https://jobs.wcu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53598. You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume and names and telephone numbers of three references. For more information, contact Margaret Watson at 828-227-2325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.